The V4 countries aim to develop a position which people can identify with in Brussels and in every EU member state and which concerns not only interests but also values. They would like to participate in the debates about the future of Europe as equal partners and want the opinions of national parliaments to be taken seriously, Kövér said. He called the past 10 years of Visegrad cooperation a success story based on “the best intentions by all participants, seeking links rather than divisions”. He noted that the region’s countries shared not only a history in the past but interests in the present, adding that their infrastructure cooperation projects, such as building south-north transport and energy networks, were “filling hundred-year gaps”. The participants focused on efforts to protect central Europe’s heritage and issues around a central European identity, and showed a “surprising and refreshing harmony”, he said.
The meeting was attended by Boris Kollár of Slovakia, Radek Vondráček and Miloš Vystrčil of the Czech Republic, as well as Elżbieta Witek and Tomasz Grodzki of Poland.